Are you currently evaluating your career options and wondering what path to take? Career choice is an important step in life because it sets the pace for the rest of your life. As you choose your line of work, there are several factors you should consider. One factor I want to discuss here is your personality.
Aligning your career to your personality is very important. The career you pick can influence how fulfilling or miserable your life gets. Recently, a friend told me how she was miserable in her career as an accountant who paid very well but she left anyway. She couldn’t face another day of being scooped up in an office adding up figures. She had very good pay but she was dying slowly on the inside. She ended up choosing a career in teaching whereby she enjoys constant interaction with students and other members of the faculty.
When I was reading Quiet by Susan Cain, she mentioned how she was miserable in her career as a lawyer. She used to throw up every morning before attending court from dreading the interaction and confrontations in the court. Susan Cain was an introvert in the wrong career and her experience made her research and write the book Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking (which I highly recommend especially for those struggling with personality and identity crisis).
My personal experience has taken me through various careers before I decided what I eventually want to do. I wanted to settle into something that I look forward to and don’t dread before I get to it. As an introvert, I dread situations that involve face to face networking, selling and marketing, pitching, and the like. I’ve however had to work in such environments for me to realize I really don’t feel comfortable with them.
I created a guide to help you match your career prospects with your personality. Holland’s career personality models help people find fields that best suit them based on their personality. The hexagon summarizes job personalities into 6 which are; realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. Normally, an individual falls between two of the six characters.
Before you go on and take the exercise to match your profession to your personality, first, it is very important to understand your personality type.
Learn more about your personality here
Take the personality test here
Then use this career guide and see if it will help you make the right career choice here
You may also take a leadership course online if you are a leader in your line of work.